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China's first LGBT choir concert held in Shanghai

China’s first LGBT choir concert held in Shanghai

As part of the Shanghai Pride Week, the first ever LGBT Choir Concert, “The Journey of Light”, was successfully held in Shanghai on June 9. Seven choirs from seven different places in China with LGBT or LGBT-friendly people joined together on the stage of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Concert Hall. The concert was sponsored by Blued, a gay social medial platform in China which has been running since 2012. Over the following week more activities, including talks and movie screenings, will be arranged by the Pride Week’s organizers. Shanghai Pride, the country’s first Pride Week, is already on its tenth year.

Sixty-six hours after announcing ban on gay content, Weibo reverses its decision

Sixty-six hours after announcing ban on gay content, Weibo reverses its decision

Weibo, one of the largest social media platform in China, released a notice on April 13 saying that content such as comics and videos related to “prostitution, violence and homosexuality” would be cancelled and banned. The notice quickly provoked an outcry, and the issue simmered for the next few days, with tens of thousands of Weibo users clicking on the #Iamgay hashtag to express their support for the LGBT community and protest the ban. Within two days, the hashtag vanished from Weibo after getting 270 million clicks. Shang Wenjie, a well-known female singer, responded strongly against Weibo’s action and tweeted an editorial entitled “Homosexuality is not a mental illness” published by the People’s …read more

AIDS in China: More than an epidemic

Since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in China, people’s cognitions towards HIV/AIDS have varied over time yet one thing remains the same, that is the otherization of the group with HIV. The discussions about HIV/AIDS have gone far beyond its scale as a physiological disease and has turned into a social debate, which intensifies the public’s fear of HIV/AIDS and widens the distance between the HIV carriers and mainstream society. When HIV was brought to China by an Argentinian traveler in 1985, the People’s Daily published a series of reports related to HIV/AIDS and described AIDS as a “contagious cancer” from the West. From 1985 to 1999, AIDS was …read more

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

General Survey of Chinese transgender population released

A national quantitative survey of the Chinese transgender population, with the largest sample size to date, has been published by a Beijing LGBT organization. The National Survey of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Population in China was released to the public on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Beijing. The survey was initiated by the Beijing LGBT Center and the Department of Sociology of Peking University, with support from the Dutch embassy. The published report is not only a pioneering academic research but also a channel for Chinese trans people to make their voices heard. During the press conference, Dutch ambassador Ed …read more

Lesbian expatriate wins lawsuit in Hong Kong over spousal visa application

On September 26th, the Hong Kong Appeal Court ruled in favour of a British woman, identified only as QT, whose application for a spousal visa had been rejected because her partner, who is working in Hong Kong, is a woman. QT and her partner had already entered a civil partnership in the UK, before her partner got her job in Hong Kong; however, when QT tried to apply for a dependent’s visa in Hong Kong, she was refused with the motivation that she was not a ‘spouse’. QT then sued Hong Kong immigration last year and lost the first case, but she appealed and on the 25th of September won the …read more

Lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy brought to a close

The case of a man in Henan Province who brought a psychiatric hospital to court for performing forced “gay conversion therapy” on him has come to a close. The court announced its final decision on September 15th, approving the Zhumadian psychiatric hospital’s request to withdraw their appeal application over the lawsuit. In May 2016, a man named Yu Hu from Henan province decided to sue the Zhumadian psychiatric hospital which diagnosed him as having a “sexual preference disorder” without running any examination, and forced him to take medicine and receive injections in the hospital for 19 days. Yu Hu was forcibly sent to the psychiatric hospital by his wife and …read more

Chinese man wins lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy

A man in Henan province has recently won a legal battle against a psychiatric hospital for the forced gay conversion therapy it performed on him. The man, surnamed Yu, was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Zhumadian by his wife and relatives in 2015, after his wife discovered he was gay. The hospital took Yu in and diagnosed him with “sexual preference disorder” without running through an examination. Yu was forced to take medicine and receive injections for 19 days before his friends and LGBT activists helped him to get out. Six months later Yu decided to sue the psychiatric hospital, and the case was filed on June 13th, …read more

Taiwan first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

Taiwan first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage supporters hug each other on the streets of Taipei after hearing the court order. In a victorious ruling for supporters of same-sex marriage, Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled on Wednesday that the legal definition of marriage is not limited to that between a man and a woman. The ruling also gives Taiwan’s parliament two years to pass new legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. Announcements of the ruling were met with raucous applause on the streets of central Taipei, where rainbow flag-wielding supporters were awaiting the verdict. The bill to enforce the court’s ruling is already in progress, requiring that authorities either enact or amend relevant laws within two years. If …read more

At wedding market, mothers of gays and lesbians face resistance

At wedding market, mothers of gays and lesbians face resistance

A group of women trying to raise awareness of LGBT rights by advertising their single, gay sons and daughters at Shanghai’s “marriage market” were forced to disperse after a heated confrontation with other parents and security personnel. The so-called “marriage market” at Shanghai’s centrally located People’s Park draws a large crowd of parents who post signs each weekend describing their children in an effort to find a suitable partner, but organizers among the parents of LGBT children said this Saturday marked the first time that parents with gay children tried to join them. “If parents of straight people can be here, parents of gay people can also be here,” Dong …read more

Zero discrimination day aims to curb discrimination towards HIV/AIDS sufferers

March 1 has been appointed by UNAIDS as International Zero Discrimination Day, aiming to combat discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. The day was first launched in 2014 with a major event in Beijing. China’s Center for Disease Control reports that those living with HIV/AIDS in the country amount to over 6 million, the main form of transmission being sexual contact. The center also estimates that between 2010 and 2016, cases of HIV infection among older men increased more than threefold. While unawareness of the disease is a factor in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among them, another great factor is the widespread discrimination they face. China’s longest surviving man living …read more

Working towards an AIDS-free generation in China

According to statistics from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people living with HIV in China had reached 654,000 by September 2016. About 94.2% of the new cases were transmitted through sexual behaviour. Wang Yu, the director of CDC, warned that although the overall infection rate is not high, the situation concerning HIV/AIDS in China remains serious. On November 30th the Towards an AIDS Free Generation charity event was held for the third consecutive year to celebrate World AIDS Day under the theme of “joining forces for HIV prevention”. Blued Charity co-hosted the event with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health …read more

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Female cook wins lawsuit over gender discrimination in Guangzhou

Last Tuesday a chain of restaurants that refused to hire a female cook was found guilty of gender discrimination, fined 2000 Yuan for “spiritual damages” and required to issue a written apology. Gao Xiao (a pseudonym) was rejected when applying for a job as a trainee cook at a seafood restaurant in Guangzhou, on account of being a woman. The young woman then sued the Guangdong Huishijia Economic Development Company, which owns the restaurant, for gender discrimination in August last year. In June last year Gao Xiao saw the advertisement for a trainee cook on a job-hunting website and thought she would be eligible for it, being qualified as a senior cook of …read more

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Chinese Civil Society: A Half Year Summary

Five topics that provide a quick grasp of the crucial developments in philanthropic legislation and legal practice in China during the first half of 2016.

China’s first campaign to promote gender-neutral bathrooms begins with Beijing bars

A campaign has been initiated in Beijing to promote gender-neutral bathrooms, starting with the city’s bars. The campaign was launched in May by the Beijing Gender Health Education Institute (BGHEI), urging private organizations to put up “All Gender Toilet” signs on their restrooms. The campaign, which has received help from the UN Women and UN Development Program, has so far been a success, with more than 30 non-governmental offices, bars and coffee shops taking part, Women of China reports. BGHEI also plans to create a map of all the gender-neutral bathrooms in the city. The signs feature three figures: one in a dress, one in trousers and one with a dress …read more

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Joint Statement released by Chinese LGBT organizations about the Orlando shooting

Several Chinese LGBT organizations released a joint statement yesterday on the horrific attack that targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two days ago. This event has been recognised as the worst mass shooting in American history. The gunman, Omar Matten, 29, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the massacre in a statement released over an encrypted phone app, even though the FBI director has said that there is no evidence directly linking Omar Matten to an outside group. Still, the Orlando Attack was clearly directed at the gay community, and Matten’s ex-wife has claimed that Matten had often expressed …read more

National survey on LGBTI people in China released

The results of a survey on Chinese LGBTI people in China were released yesterday in the conference hall of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The survey, entitled “Being LGBTI in China: A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression”, was jointly implemented by UNDP, Peking University’s Sociology Department and the Beijing LGBT center. The survey received great support from dozens of national and local community, business and media organizations, and nearly 30,000 copies of valid questionnaires were received from all of China’s provinces. The survey reflects the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and people with other non-conforming …read more

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated in China

May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The occasion aims to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. The date was chosen to commemorate the removal of homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 17th, 1990. The Day is celebrated in more than 130 countries. In China, various activities are taking place to mark the occasion, both online and in real life. Many Wechat accounts, such as LGBTRights, sichina and Onewaystreet2003, published articles to introduce the Day and the situation of LGBT …read more

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

Chinese court rules against first gay marriage lawsuit

A district court in Changsha, Hunan province, ruled against a gay couple in the China’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit on the 13th of April.